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Features

  • Footing Fundamentals

    Concrete expert Brent Anderson explains the code rules and structural issues surrounding foundation footings. Included are discussions of when and where to place rebar and what to do if a footing is poured slightly out of place.

     
  • Guiding Your Client to Job Satisfaction

    Creating the job of “customer liaison” helped one remodeling business keep clients happy from the beginning to the end of a project. Here’s how it works.

     
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    Pan Flashing a Chimney

    In the face of Cape Cod’s wind-driven rain, lead pan flashings have successfully protected chimney openings for decades. A mason explains the installation process.

     
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    Q&A: Job-Site Glues

    Is white glue as strong as yellow glue? What’s the best glue to use when you can’t clamp the joint? We asked adhesives experts to answer these and many other questions, plus did a little testing of our own.

     
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    Tool Test: Recip Saws

    We sent the new reciprocating saws out into the field to see how they performed. Here’s how a group of veteran remodelers rated the saws for a variety of tasks.

     
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    Q&A: Job-Site Glues

    Is white glue as strong as yellow glue? What’s the best glue to use when you can’t clamp the joint? We asked adhesives experts to answer these and many other questions, plus did a little testing of our own.

     

Letters

  • Letters

    Drip-edge requirements clarified; building science is getting too complex; insulation under metal roofs

     

News

  • Notebook

    Spanish on the job site; sting operations trap unlicensed contractors; insurance discounts for wind-resistant houses; contractor behind iron bars for lead paint violations

     

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Products

  • Products

    Quick hanger for heavy loads; vent-boot for the color conscious; solar-activated attic fan; spray-on roof patch; foundation crack repair kit; mortarless retaining wall; clear cement caulk; sound-reducing underlayment; premolded skylight curb flashing; more

     

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